So Madonna gave a tribute to
Madonna Aretha Franklin at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards last night and it was about what you might expect.
Dressed in a long black kaftan with African jewelry and spiky headgear, the Queen of Pop gave the sendoff to the Queen of Soul as only she could: by talking about herself the entire time.
“Aretha Louise Franklin,” Madonna said at the beginning of her speech, “changed the course of my life.”
What followed were several incredibly boring minutes of Madonna recounting how she left Detroit when she was 18 with just $35 in her pocket, her dreams of becoming a professional dancer, all the auditions she went on, the time she met a French disco singer, a plug for her last album Rebel Heart, and how her goals eventually shifted from being a dancer to being a singer, which eventually led to story about an audition she went on for two record producers, which is when she finally got around to actually mentioning Aretha Franklin.
“The dance audition went well. Then they asked me if I had sheet music and a song prepared. I panicked. I had overlooked this important part of the audition process,” Madonna recalled.
“I had to think fast, my next meal was on the line. Fortunately one of my favorite albums was ‘Lady Soul’ by Aretha Franklin. I blurted out, ‘You Make Me Feel’ … silence. ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.’ Two French guys nodded at me. I said, ‘You know, by Aretha Franklin.’”
Understandably, people were not pleased about the whole thing. Many took to Twitter to express their feelings about it…
Madonna did the tribute speech for Aretha Franklin. Madonna did the tribute performance for Prince. Madonna did the tribute speech for Michael Jackson…why? Who keeps thinking its a good idea to hire Madonna to eulogize Black artists who have passed away?
— LEFT?? (@LeftSentThis) August 21, 2018
Me: It’s weird that #Madonna is doing a tribute to Aretha Franklin, but what’s the worst that could happen?
— Brittany Stephanis (@bmstephanis) August 21, 2018
does Madonna know Madonna didn’t die
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) August 21, 2018
— Michele DeMino (@CheleDeMino) August 21, 2018
What a touching tribute to Aretha Franklin where Madonna talked about her goddam self for like 30 mins
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) August 21, 2018
Madonna made Aretha Franklin’s death about herself and her own musical journey, and honestly, this is some of the whitest shit I have ever seen. #VMAs
— Evette Dionne ????? (@freeblackgirl) August 21, 2018
But it doesn’t stop there…
Madonna gave herself a tribute featuring Aretha.
— LoveYourself (@ScottieBeam) August 21, 2018
Madonna doesn’t have the vocal range to do a tribute to anything but the wind.
— Richie Brave?????? (@RichieBrave) August 21, 2018
Madonna dressing up as my ancestors at the vma’s lmaooooo did she find out she’s 1% moroccan? pic.twitter.com/eXc8p7H8Fa
— princeMONONOKE (@futuresfirst) August 21, 2018
Madonna really gentrified an entire tribute to Aretha with more anecdotes than a Presidential candidate. You gotta be kidding me… #VMAs
— Jeff J. (@JeffJSays) August 21, 2018
I’m so lost. I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself. HEAVY on the Mayonnaise……
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) August 21, 2018
Madonna talking about guitar lessons, Paris baguettes and her ass hanging out while she looked for a stiletto with the image of Aretha Franklin behind her is everything I expected from the #VMAs
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) August 21, 2018
And then there were the memes…
Whoever thought #Madonna would be the right choice to pay homage to #Aretha was clearly trippin. You can’t expect an egomaniac to speak of anyone but themselves. These woman may have played in the same court but one is The Queen and the other is just a Court Jester! #2018MTVVideoMusicAwards #Fail #TheQueen #TheJester
Honestly, WTliteralF… (also cue the enablers/@madonna freaks) . . . . . . #mtv #mtvvmas #vmas #videomusic #madonna #madonnatribute #tribute #arethafranklin #isayalittleprayerforyou #goaway #getout #culturalappropriation #appropriation #morocco #braids #itslikewhenwhitegirlsgetcornrowsaftergoingtothecaribbean #sad #whiteprivilege #shedumb #horror #instahorror #music #musicmemes #horrormemes #memeingmaniac